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All Aboard!, Issue #003 -- VOSA makes changes to the Operator's Compliance Risk Score
September 05, 2012
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The latest on everything in the passenger transport industry: changes in legislation, tips for road safety, CPC training dates,...
1. Upcoming changes to Operator's Compliance Risk Score
The Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) system is separated into two categories: roadworthiness - which is concerned with the condition of a vehicle - and traffic enforcement - which is mainly concerned with drivers' hours.
VOSA has announced major changes to the scoring system, which will take effect on 1 October 2012.
Under the current system, the score is
The complicated points system that resulted in 10 categories within the colour bands is being simplified as well, with graduated point allocation based on the severity of the offence.
However, certain events will trigger an immediate relegation to the red band: a prosecution means a 12-month red status, while a Most Serious Infringement (MSI) warrants a 6-month red status.
The scoring system may change, but the driver's role in this remains the same as ever: doing daily walk-around checks to ensure the vehicle is roadworthy and sticking to the drivers' hours rules.
VOSA has released some key performance numbers for the second quarter of this year (April-May-June 2012).
In total 29,857 UK-registered vehicles (LGV and PCV) were checked during roadside encounters, versus 26,196 overseas registered vehicles. With 7,427 roadworthiness prohibitions or just under 25% UK-registered vehicles did only marginally better than the non-UK registered vehicles which were handed 6,567 or just over 25% prohibitions.
Where drivers’ hours infringements are concerned, the roles were reversed: with 2,050 breaches or 7.83% overseas visitors did better than the 2449 or 8.20% of UK drivers.
MOT pass rates are still increasing, with 81.3% of the 19,868 PSV vehicles tested passing the first time.
Tips1. Avoid fines in France
When travelling in France, make sure to have all required documents and accessories on board.
Apart from personal documentation like passport and driver’s licence and vehicle documentation like the V5 form and proof of insurance, the following documents are mandatory:
Carrying the following equipment is also mandatory according to French law:
While they will rarely ask to see your spare light bulbs, the attestation, waybill and authorization or hire contract are on the menu of every police check.
French police officers are notoriously single-minded where opportunities for a hefty €750 fine are concerned, so check your tour documentation before leaving!
A tachograph chart is supposed to be an accurate record of your work day. So when changing from one vehicle with an analog tachograph to another in the course of that work day, the authorities prefer to see continued recording on the chart you started the day with.
Complete the front of the chart with the information from the vehicle you're leaving, similar to ending your shift.
Then, turn the chart over and add the following information on the everse side:
When finished driving the second vehicle, record the following on the reverse of the chart:
Up to 4 different vehicles can be driven during a work day while still being recorded on a single chart if all vehicles use the same type of chart.
When switching to a vehicle with a tachograph that requires a different type chart, the original chart needs to be completed as normal and a new chart of the correct type needs to be inserted in the second vehicle.
The EU has started talks to phase out analog tachographs by 2020.
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That's it for now!
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